Sofa Service : ‘Come to me…’

The service begins with Manchester Cathedral Choir singing ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say, Come unto me and rest.’

As we anticipate being able to hold services in church from next Sunday, we reflect on our church buildings as places of rest for the weary but also how the building itself can be a burden to us. Meditating on God’s living word in Matthew 11 . 25-30, we are invited to explore the temple of our hearts wherein the divine  – God –  is always open to us.

We continue to hold in our prayers Clive, Derrick, Judy, Judith, Richard, Margaret, Prue, Dereck and Angela and all those known to us who are weary or burdened and we thank God for the lives of Anne Herrington and Tracey Charlsworthy and all who are grieving.

Our worship closes with Hubert Parry’s great anthem ‘I was glad’ sung at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by Westminster Abbey Choir with the Band of the Royal Airforce.

The prayer for the 4th Sunday of Trinity ‘Kingdom Season’

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Little Service : ‘Parable of the Good Shepherd’

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